January 2019 Merly Crop Kit

Hi Everyone,
What a fabulous and productive day we had yesterday and thank you so very much to everyone who attended our first crop of 2019 – and made the day so very special indeed. What a fun day we had of crafting, chatting, eating cake and catching up with everyone, we also had a few new people, we hope they and everyone else who attended the January crop enjoyed the day and enjoyed making their layouts from the January kit.

For the kit I used the beautiful “Blessed” Kaisercraft collection. Included in the crop kit were detailed instructions and stash to make a double page layout and a single page layout.


Below are photo’s of the layouts I created for the kit. Here is the first double page layout which I called: “Love”  – My double page layout features beautiful fussy cut flowers and foliage, flourish & butterfly die-cuts, stitching and a splattering of pink candy Kaisermist.




……and here is the second layout which I’ve called: “So Very Thankful” – For this layout I have fussy cut the pretty, bright flowers from a couple of the papers which add lovely pops of colour and I have also cut out and layered up some of the frames, the layout is finished with some hand stitching and a little light misting & some black rhinestones. 


The kit is now available to purchase in the Merly Impressions on-line shop – it can be found in the Layout Kits section of the website.

I just want to say a massive thank you!!!! to everyone that attended our January crop which made it such a very special day. We look forward to seeing your finished layouts using my kit over on the Merly Crop Facebook page.

Below are a few photo’s of the day.










You can find details and dates of our future crops here. We look forward to seeing you all in March for the next Merly Crop. This is our crop/kit fb page where I add all the sneak peeks leading up to each crop and you can post your finished crop kit layouts to it or any other Kaiser related projects and general chat. https://www.facebook.com/groups/Merlyretreat/

Many thanks,

Happy scrapping!

Hugs – Chrissy


Merly July 2017 Retreat info & sneak peeks

Hi Everyone,

Not long to go now until the 2017 Merly Retreat. I hope you all have seen the extra sneak peeks over on the Merly Crop/Retreat facebook page. This post will give you detail of each project that is included in the retreat and a list of anything else you may want to bring to the retreat to finish them. Each project will include a photo and detailed instructions for you to follow.

Here is the first layout project which I have called – Selfie.

File 29-06-2017, 14 52 03For this layout I have used the gorgeous “Keepsake” Kaisercraft collection. The layout features layers of film strips, tickets, vintage cameras and photography words & sayings. The cute kraft envelope holds a stash of hidden photos measuring 7 cm wide x 4.5 cm high. I have actually cut the envelope down so you could have taller photo’s in there if you keep to the envelope size of 10 cm high. The teeny tiny photo to the right of the layout in the film strip measures 3 cm wide by 2 cm high. This layout is all about capturing some fun moments. The larger photo measures 8.5 cm wide x 9 cm high, I have also used a vintage tone on my photos so they coordinate with the collection, but a coloured or sepia photo would also work and you could use a slightly larger photo if you wish.

Other items used on the layout are the EK Success Edger Punch – Round Binding Edge, Kaisercraft Autumn Leaves Decorative Die, (released July) the Sew Easy Straight Head Tool, Antique Gold Kaisermist,  these items & tools will all be available to use at the retreat.

Other items used that you will need to bring are  Crystal Lacquer, Or a similar product like Glossy Accents would also work.

Here is the second layout project which I have called: Life is measured by moments.

File 29-06-2017, 14 53 16For this layout I have used the beautiful “Golden Grove” Kaisercraft collection. My layout features beautiful fussy cut flowers, tiny buttercups and butterflies, splashes of Kaisermist, stitching, punching and diecut flourishes. I have used one colour coordinating photo measuring 8cm wide x 12.5cm high. A sepia or black & white photo would also work well.

Other items used on the layout are the Kaisercraft Swirl Flourish Decorative Die, MS PATP set Vintage Doily, Sew Easy Straight Head Tool, white, yellow & Apple Kaisermists. These items & tools will all be available to use at the retreat.

Other items used that you will need to bring are Crystal Lacquer, yellow ink pad, I have used the Kaisercraft Saffron mini ink pad.

Here is the third layout project which I have called: The creation of beauty is art.

File 29-06-2017, 14 54 04For this layout I have used the beautiful “Lilac Whisper” Kaisercraft collection. My layout features beautiful fussy cut flowers, tiny florals, a splash of  Kaisermist, diecut interlocking circles, stitching and one of the main features – the stamping around the edge. For this I have used the fabulous “Daydreamer” word stamp and created a message around the layout edge. I have used a colour coordinating photo measuring 9.5cm wide x 12cm high. A black & white photo would also work.

Other items used on the layout are the Sew Easy Straight Head Tool, Kaisercraft Daydreamer stamp set, black ink pad for stamping & stamp block, Kaisercraft Interlocking Circles Decorative Die, Denim Kaisermist. These items & tools will be available to use at the retreat. We do have the Daydreamer stamp on the website for anyone who would rather purchase their own.

Other items used that you will need to bring are Crystal Lacquer, or similar.

Here is the beyond-the-page 3 Panel Frame project.

19030381_10212297066529261_1268421374879663440_nFor this project I have used the lovely Kaisercraft “3 Piece (MDF) Panel frame” and to decorate it, I have used the gorgeous “Indigo Skies” Kaisercraft collection. Beautiful fussy cut flowers & butterflies adorn the frame and for extra detail I have used Kaisermist, cheese cloth & rhinestones, the three panels are then tied together using some beautiful blue organza ribbon. I have used three coordinating photo’s which measure 8.7cm wide x 12.5cm high. Black & white photos would also work.

Other items used on the project are Denim Kaisermist, Wood Glue, to glue the project together, these items will be available to use at the retreat.

Other items used that you will need to bring are paint brushes as there is a little bit of painting and (optional) a file/light sand paper if you want your MDF edges smooth. The white paint is included in the kit.

The Bonus project – Art plaque

File 29-06-2017, 15 01 40For this project I have used a BTP plaque and to decorate it, I have used the gorgeous Sage & Grace Kaisercraft collection. Beautiful fussy cut flowers from the blush paper and the gorgeous Rose Bouquet Foil paper, frames, Kaisermist and Chipboard letters create the words with a layer of Crackle Accents. This project could also be a room plaque, you could put a name on it, add a photo, mine started out as “Chrissy’s Craft Room” but I then decided to just add crafty words.

Other items used on the project are Candy & Charcoal Kaisermists, these will be available to use at the retreat.

Other items used that you will need to bring are paint brushes, as there is a little painting of the edges of the BTP, Crackle Accents or Crystal Lacquer & a pencil.

There will also be an extra layout project to purchase at the retreat for this project I have used the gorgeous bright and funky Bombay Sunset Kaisercraft collection. Here is a little sneak peek of the papers I have used. So bring extra photos that will coordinate.

File 01-07-2017, 14 38 11Tools List:

Here is a little list of tools and anything else you might want to bring

Craft mat,
Sharp craft knife,
Small scissors for fussy cutting,
Craft scissors,
Paper cutter/Guillotine,
Foam pads, double sided tape, or your choice of adhesives,
Portable table lamp for night time crafting,
Crystal lacquer/Glossy Accents or similar,
Paper distresser,
Black ink pad,
journaling pens if you want to journal.
Bull Dog Clips or similar to hold the BTP frame together.
Paint brushes,
Crackle Accents,
Photos, photos & extra photos, as you may change your mind about what photo to use
A little alcoholic beverage of your choice. xXx

bfcb25a9e81df9e0268c99ee6205efa7Any other craft item you like to take when you go to crops, if you do forget anything, don’t stress, there will be 74 other people there to borrow things from…….and a well packed shop 😀

Feel free to also bring your own extra projects to do. We all craft differently, so at the very relaxed Merly retreat you can all craft at your own pace, I personally wouldn’t finish any of the projects, I am a very slow crafter, I like to take my time, a layout from me can take up to a few weeks to finish, I enjoy putting the layout or project together, I like to move things around see how they look, take my time, for me it is not about finishing the layout or project it is about creating it.

Starting time of the retreat: The retreat will start at midday Friday (not before) please make your way to the Oakley Suite from midday on wards. Anyone arriving early, please feel free to have a tea or coffee at the training Centre, there are plenty of areas to relax and have a drink, please do not come over to the Oakley Suite before the time stated!! We have a lot to set up and want it to be perfect for you. The first hour will be about settling in, then lunch will start at 1pm-ish. I will give you more info on that when you arrive.

I think that is it for now, I am really looking forward to seeing you all.


Chrissy xXx xXx

Christmas Memories with Silent Night

Hello everyone,

Denise here with my last project using the Silent Night Kaisercraft Collection.

denise-20161028I started by using Down the Chimney paper which I gutted a 10 x 10 inch piece from.

I have had one of the Beyond the Page Victorian Frames for a while, so I decided to use it . Firstly I painted it with Slate Kaiserpaint then once it was dry I backed it with the holly side of Down the Chimney paper.

I took some Pebble Kaisercard, cut it dowm to 11×11 inches and stamped the Noel Sentiment into the bottom left hand corner, then placed the card onto the gutted frame from of Down the Chimney paper.

016I then stuck the frame to the card

011I used some kraft card to mat my photo, then placed the photo in the bottom left corner.

Next I decided to make a flower from the burlap .

Firstly I cut a strip approximately 8 inches long in half lengthwise, then folded one end over and stuck it down.

012Once the end was secured, I took a thread from the middle of the other end and pulled it up..

013It gathered up and once gathered, the two ends were stuck together to form a flower, it needed a bit of a haircut !

014I placed this around my photo with a pine cone die from the Collectables Pack.020I used some of the borders from the 6.5  x 6.5 paper pad at the top of my photo

027I also embellished the layout with lots of die cuts from the Collectables pack.

026Finally I fussy cut some holly leaves from the 6.5  x 6.5 paper pad and from the leftovers of the Down The Chimney paper and drew a frame around the card edge with a glitter Kaiser Gel Pen.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the projects with this collection and be sure to pop back from some more inspiration from the team soon.

~ Denise ~

Always Believe

That something wonderful is about to happen ..

What a lovely sentiment that is.

Denise here with another post using the fabulous Lavinia stamps.

In my box this month was this gorgeous MDF Large Square Frame, some beautiful papers and of course a fairy.


I started by painting the frame with some Kaisercraft Dusty Pink paint.

I then covered it with Soft Whisper paper from the Enchanted Garden Collection. 

It wouldn’t be me if there was no fussy cutting involved so I cut some flowers from the journaling cards that were on the reverse of the Soft whisper paper and used them in the corners of the frame. I decided I hadn’t done enough cutting so I cut some of the detail from the paper, layered them up on the frame and added some pink gems to the middles.

Next it was time to stamp my lovely fairy , Tree Goddess Luna.  First time and the image was perfect. I stamped her onto the other paper in my box which was Allure from the Enchanted Collection. I cut round her very carefully mounted her on some foam pads and placed her in the middle of the frame. I added a touch of pink glitter to her wings. Again I used some flowers from two of the journaling cards on the reverse. One of them had the sentiment ‘Always believe something wonderful is about to happen’. When I saw that I knew I had to use it as it will always inspire me.   I decided she needed some more flowers round her so some Fairy pods were stamped, layered and added too. I used some Spun Sugar Distress Ink on the edges of the elements I cut out.


Lastly I added the sentiment and there it is – a frame that will be right in front of me in my craft room with one of my favourite sayings and a fairy too !

Come back soon for projects from our design team.

Denise xXx

Photo frame tutorial

It’s a time for tutorial!

Have you ever wonder what can you make out of a simple foam? No? Well I have and I will show you what I did with it 😉

Here is my foam:


I’ve got it out of a package that my other half received his new PC cooler fan in, but you can cut out the same shape out of any foam 😉


and here is what I did with it 😉 Let me talk you through now so you know where to start 😉


Using the Bluebell Collection I have cut out strips of papers matching the size of the frame (you just have to check what sizes is yours) and simply glue them around the frame. Don’t worry if you have any of the foam coming through in some places, just use some masking tape or washi tape to cover it 🙂


When you’ve got all your frame covered nicely with papers and washi/masking tape, then it’s time to decorate it with flowers, wording or anything that will match the papers you have used.


I have made my frame mainly for the wall, but it can stand too. If you want to make it ready for hanging on the wall, simply glue a little string at the back. And voila! – you have finished!

hugs xxx


Age Is An Attitude…

I’m back with my final piece of this month and for this piece I chose to use one of the Beyond The Page products, together with papers and elements from the Save The Date collection.

To begin with I painted the bare frame using a cream acrylic paint, I then painted over the cream with a pale blue paint and once dry sanded back random areas on the frame to reveal the colour underneath.

On the background of the frame I used both the patterned sides of the Pinwheel paper.

I added a photograph and die cuts from the Collectables pack to complete the project and finally, added a top coat of sealant to protect the frame.

For this Beyond The Page project, these are the items I used:

Thanks for taking the time to look and see you all again soon!

Emma xx


A Hippy Girl Photo Frame

The recently released Hippy Girl collection from Kaisercraft is excellent for showcasing girly photos so I decided to use it to create a beautifully feminine frame for one of my favourite pictures.

For this project I used the Kaisercraft Large Square Frame (W106) which can be either hung on the wall or freestanding. I started by covering the whole frame with the reverse of a sheet of Sunshine (P551) from the Hippy Girl collection and then cutting out the central aperture. To finish the edges I gently smoothed them with the flat file from the Kaisercraft File Set (T307) and used a Jade Ink Pad (IP717) to hide the whiteness of the edge of the paper.

Hippy Girl themed frame

To add some background texture to the frame, I’ve used the Hippy Girl Clear Stamps (CS749) with the Jade Ink Pad to add some stamped flowers and leaves along the bottom and right hand side of the frame. I added a couple more lightly stamped flowers at the top left and then stamped over the flowers with the Script Background Stamp (CS752) which is an “endless” stamp so I could create quite a large area in the top left corner.

Hippy Girl frame detail

Now the time consuming bit – but if you like cutting out then this is the fun bit. I cut out a selection of flowers from two of the Hippy Girl papers – the Earth paper (P550) and the beautiful Delilah glitter paper (PS112). I gently curled the petals and applied Crystal Lacquer to some of the non-glitter flowers before layering some of them together and applying Hot Pink Pearls (SB787) and the occasional Red Rhinestone (SB711) to their centres. I also cut out some leaves from the Earth paper which I layered onto a piece of acetate to give them some rigidity and to add some extra dimension.

I then arranged the flowers and leaves in the bottom right corner of the frame. At this point it’s a really good idea to spend lots of time arranging things exactly as you want them without using any adhesive. Move them around until you are absolutely happy and then take a digital photo of the finished arrangement to work from when you stick them down for real.

I’ve used double-sided tape and foam to stick everything down and made sure that I’ve given the flowers a really three-dimensional look with lots of layering. I’ve finished the frame by using a flower from the Hippy Girl Printed Chipboard (CB113) layered with a couple of flowers and some more pearls in the top left of the frame. The photo is layered on the leftover centre piece of the Sunshine paper I used on the frame and a leftover corner of the reverse of the Earth paper I cut the flowers from.

Hopefully I have inspired to create something equally girly with the new Hippy Girl Collection. This simple project used only three sheets of paper from the collection and hopefully shows how beautiful effects can be created with a small amount of material, a pair of scissors and a little patience.